SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Aiken men's and women's tennis teams open their 2009 fall schedules on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 by participating in the USC Upstate Fall Tournament at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
The draws for the tournament were announced on Thursday. The men's draw will feature six teams: Clemson, Furman, Wofford, Presbyterian, USC Aiken and USC Upstate. The women's draw will also feature six teams: Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian, Wofford, USC Aiken and USC Upstate.
The two-day event will feature 39 men's tennis student-athletes and 39 women's tennis student-athletes split into three singles draws on each the men's and women's side and two doubles draws on the men's and women's side as well.
In the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division II men's tennis rankings of the spring of 2009, USC Aiken's men's tennis team concluded the 2009 season ranked a program-best fifth.
The Pacers had moved into the fifth position just prior to opening play in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional in Savannah, Ga. The Pacers' appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament marked the program's eighth NCAA Tournament appearance.
USC Aiken, which received a bye into the semifinal round of the Savannah regional of the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Tournament, defeated No. 18 Francis Marion to advance to the regional final against No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic. The Pirates were able to claim the regional title, but the Pacers still concluded the year 19-5 overall. AASU went on to win its second straight national crown a couple weeks later.
The Pacers as a team won 13 of their final 15 matches in 2009.
The 2009 Pacer women did not make the NCAA Division II tournament, but nevertheless they concluded the year 12-10. USC Aiken as a team won nine of its last 12 matches.